Nothing is better than running a hot bath after a long day. Enhance your experience by adding in essential oils, they can help to relieve stress, soothe the mind, and relax your muscles. Before you do this, make sure you are adding your oils in safely! If you’re not careful, this can quickly turn into a torturous experience. Check out our tips on how to safely use essential oils while bathing:
Never Add Essential Oils Directly to Your Bath Water
We all know that oil and water don’t mix. If you add essential oils directly to your bath, the oil will just create a film on top of the water. If the oil comes in contact with your skin, it is essentially undiluted and can cause stinging or irritation.
The Tisserand Institute, recommends mixing 5-20 drops (1-4% dilution) of essential oil into 1 tablespoon of a carrier oil such as grapeseed, jojoba, or fractionated coconut oil. While this is still an oil, it will float on the top of the water, but you can rub those drops into your skin because the essential oils have been diluted into the carrier oil. Be careful though, since things can get slippery!
- Epsom salt
- Baking soda
- Aloe gel
These products are all water soluble, meaning the product will dissolve in the water, leaving the essential oils undiluted.
When making bath salts, add your essential oils to a carrier oil first, then stir that into your salt concoction. As the salt dissolves in the water, your essential oils won’t be floating around undiluted.
Add in Oils Last
If you add in your diluted oils while the water is running, the scent will evaporate before you get the chance to experience it. You can also apply the diluted oil onto your skin before entering the tub and enjoy the same benefits.